International Home and Housewares Show 2008

Chris, Faith, and Janel are all at went to the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago. It's a massive convention and expo that draws all the biggest brands and manufacturers of goods for house, home, and kitchen. It's the major exposition of the year for things like pots and pans, mixers, tableware, small appliances, cleaning supplies, and vacuums - plus lots, lots more.

The Kitchn went to take a look at what's new and upcoming in some of our favorite brands like All-Clad, Breville, KitchenAid, and Cuisinart. We've seen small companies, big companies, and lots of terrific new products. We've already watched Alton Brown, Paula Deen, and Curtis Stone demo products live (watch for video later today). We're especially on the lookout for good small-space solutions, well-made kitchen tools, and products that are made and function in an environmentally friendly way.

Most of the people here at the show were buyers for retail outlets or exhibitors, but we had press passes and photography badges so we're going to be showing you video, photos, and interviews over the next several days. We'll keep this post updated with links to all our Home and Housewares Show 2008 coverage.

Show Coverage

Video Product Demos and Celebrity Features
Video: Curtis Stone On How to Cut a Mango, Plus Bellinis!
Video: Cristel Removable Pot and Pan Handles
Video: Demonstrating the Prepara Herb-Savor
Video: Alton Brown Rags on Paula Deen
Video: iSi Fortune Teller Get-It Finger Guard
Video: How to Clean and Care for Bamboo Cutting Boards
Video: Breville Smart "Lift and Look" Toaster
Video: Manual Food Processor from Chef'n
Video: The Handpresso in Action
Video: Dr. Weil's Healthy Kitchen Line by Spring

- More coming soon...

Trend Highlights
Hot Trend: Mini Casseroles, Pots, and Pans
Recipes and Conversions at Your Fingertips
Hot Trend: Bamboo Towels and Textiles for the Kitchen
Fresh Colors from France: Emile Henry's Figue Clay Pots
Fresh Colors from France: Staub's Titanium Cocotte
New Color from Le Creuset: Dijon Yellow

Products
SLIDESHOW: New Pirate Ship Cake Pan and More from Nordicware
Microwave Silicone Steamer from Orka
Coming Soon: 90th Anniversary KitchenAid Stand Mixer
The Knork
New Dutch Oven Color from Lodge: Emerald Green
Bamboo Cutting Boards and More from Tru Bamboo
PERF GO GREEN Biodegradable Kitchen Trash Bags
Design Friday: The Kitchen Sync
Casabella's Biodegradable Kitchen Organizers
Thermolon Nonstick Pans from GreenPan
Copper Bowls for Your KitchenAid Stand Mixer
New From Chef'n: The Grabbit

Reflection
Ingenuity, Resourcefulness, and Functional Design: Changing Perspective on the Home and Housewares Show

- More coming soon!

Pre-Show
Chicago Meetup for AT and The Kitchn Readers
We're Heading to Chicago's International Home & Housewares Show 2008

(All images from International Home and Housewares press materials)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.